Whether you’re in Australia, or anywhere in the world for that matter, there’s one thing that will always be true. There will always be elderly, and they will always need help caring for themselves. Naturally not every elderly person needs help, but enough do that aged care has become something of an industry. Because it’s become an industry, that means it’s difficult to always find jobs.
So what do you do? You’ve gone through whatever instruction program you’ve signed up for. You’ve managed to get good grades, you’ve dedicated your time and energy to learning everything you can about taking care of the elderly and helping them get by in their twilight years. But how do you even go about getting started?
One of the first things you should do is speak to your school. Naturally, your school will likely have a list of places you can apply for a job, since that’s nothing more than the basic amount of help you expect out of a school. However, you should do more than simply check the school’s job listings. You should make sure to speak with teachers, counselors, and anyone else who works with the school. This is because many of them have worked in the industry, and thus will have friends in the industry. This allows them to have a bit more knowledge on who’s hiring, and what sort of things you might need in order to secure the job. This isn’t a sure fire way to do it, but it can certainly help.
Another thing you should do is check with hospitals. Of course, many hospitals will hire aged care experts to be part of hospital staff. The reasons for this are obvious. However, not every person who needs aged care is going to need to be in the hospital. In point of fact, many aged care jobs are actually jobs in which you go to a person’s home and help them with the variety of things they might need help with. As such, if you can check with a hospital, they may be able to point you in the right direction. At the very least, they can point you towards a company that specializes in aged care positions.
Don’t forget to check with nursing homes! This is the most obvious way to find a job in the aged care industry, since it’s the place where aged people tend to need the most care. However, many people try to find jobs with placement services, and rarely consider applying to the nursing homes directly. This results in many skilled individuals missing out on jobs that need to be filled!
If you’ve been trying to find a job in the aged care industry, it’s obvious that you’re a deeply caring person. It’s incredibly difficult to work with people in their twilight years, and it takes a strong will and a stronger desire to manage. As such, you probably threw yourself full force into your studies, and now you’re in need of a full time job.
But don’t overlook the possibility of getting a part time care job! An elderly person may only need part time care now, but one never knows when that part time job could become a full time job. And once they already know and trust you, they know they can depend on you to do the job.
Whether you’re in Australia, or anywhere else for that matter, you need to be determined to get the job you’re looking for. Don’t overlook any possible avenue, and remember. There are people who are waiting for you to help them.
If you wish to apply for a position at a Johnson Village Services aged care facility please use the form on our contact page. We look forward to talking to you about a career in aged care in Australia